Laws governing ballot measures in Hawaii

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Amending the Hawaii Constitution

See also: Amending the Hawaii Constitution


The Hawaii State Legislature can propose a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment under these conditions:

  • Through a two-thirds vote in both the Hawaii State Senate and the Hawaii House of Representatives, held in one legislative session.
  • Through a simple majority vote in both chambers, held in two successive sessions of the legislature.
  • Any such proposed amendments must then be placed on a statewide ballot, where they can be approved under these conditions:
If approved by a majority of all the votes tallied upon the question if this majority constitutes at least 50% of the total vote cast at the election, or,
If approved at a special election by a majority of all the votes tallied upon the question, if this majority consists of at least 30% of the total number of registered voters in the state at that time.

Constitutional convention

A constitutional convention can be held under these conditions:

  • If the Hawaii State Legislature puts the question, "Shall there be a convention to propose a revision of or amendments to the Constitution?" on the ballot.
  • If the legislature does not act to place such a question on the ballot, the question shall go on the ballot as an automatic ballot referral every ten years.

School bonds

See also: School bond and tax elections in Hawaii

In Hawaii, local elections are not required in order to approve a school district bond issue. The Hawaii Legislature has exclusive authority over bond issues and school finance matters in Hawaii.

The Hawaii Constitution grants power to the Hawaii State Legislature to approve all bond issues in the State of Hawaii. School districts in Hawaii are entitled to special purpose revenue bonds. Not-for-profit private nonsectarian and sectarian elementary schools, along with public elementary and secondary schools are eligible for special purpose revenue bonds.[1]

A Special Purpose Revenue Bond is defined under Hawaii law as a bond payable from rental or other payments made to an issuer by a person in agreement to a contract and secured under the parameters of Hawaii law.

In order to approve a special purpose revenue bond, the bond issue must be approved by a two thirds vote in the Hawaii House of Representatives along with the Hawaii State Senate.[2]

See also

External links

  1. "State of Hawaii" Hawaii Constitution(Referenced Section Article VII, Section 12)
  2. "State of Hawaii" Hawaii Constitution(Referenced Section Article VII, Section 12)